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    Chasing rattles and leaks above and beyond what is "normal" for an A, whatever that is, is difficult without comparison to a "rattle/ leak" free car.
    Some recent observations on A late '31 tn sedan with minimal wood structure and new engine:
    Rear view clock meter spring rattle (wind the clock!)); peep mirrors on top of door edges; spark /throttle rods ( add some minimal spray insulation as suggested thru tiny hole); baffles inside muffler( Gland ring found inside); front doors (raise hinge pillars at cowl body bolts); floor board edging material missing; seat track bolts loose; add small o rings to door and window inside handles at escutcheons in addition to upholstery panel springs where indicated.

    Add thread sealer to rear end bango bolts, front oil pan bolts, front motor mount bolt, side oil pipe gaskets seal and bolt threads, thinner cork gasket with proper bolt tightening at oil pan;, water leaks solved with new radiator/ hoses/ non stock clamps ( original style wouldn't close up properly ? ). Add viton tip float valve at carb, carb mating surfaces filed with proper gasket and float height, added modern ball valve in gas line to carb as insurance.
    Most of this is common sense but many items were overlooked.
    Would like to hear from others' experiences.

  • #2
    Mine is leak free.
    But, rattles, bizillians of those. I use them as the speedometer. Different rattles for different speeds.


    • Mitch
      Mitch commented
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      I like your thinking

  • #3
    Those hood holders that mount on the radiator support rods are notorious for rattles. I put the wife's hair bungees on each side to hold them tight.

    The upper r/s upper water pump mounting stud goes into the coolant, so if your working on that seal those threads
    3~ Tudor's & 1~ Coupe
    Henry Ford said,
    "It's all nuts and bolts"
    "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."

    Mitch's Auto Service ctr


    • #4
      A Models are only QUIET, when they're TURNED OFF-OFF!!
      Bill W.


      • DaWizard
        DaWizard commented
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        Indeed !!

    • #5
      We just added a $5 NAPA universal silent block muffler hanger to the rear. A couple of sawcuts and 3 bends to the holed strap, a little paint and it was done. Will see how it performs especially with float a motor mounts.


      • #6
        I like your thinking
        end quote

        Thanks, so do I ! But, we're in short company, not many others do.[ smiley face]


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